Before doing the below exercise, I and my friend have been taught about inversion, like these examples:
Example 1 : I have never seen such a beautiful rose. (standard word order)
Example 2 : Never have I seen such a beautiful rose. (inversion)
We understand that the two example sentences basically mean the same thing, and in example 2 inversion is used to add more emphasis.
However, we have confusion about this exercise from our exercise book (we notice the exercise is adapted from the book "English Grammar Practice for TOELF", page 281, question 14 here)
These questions are incomplete sentences. Beneath each sentence you will see four words or phrases, marked A, B, C or D. You are to choose one word or phrase that best completes the sentences.
In that small country, ____ received economic degrees as today.
A. never have so many women
B. so many women have never
C. never so many women have
D. never so have many women
Our book's answer key is (A), but my friend thinks (B) is also a valid answer in this case according to the above example sentences. For me, I don't quite agree with her. I guess (B) doesn't make any sense there, but I just don't know how to explain it to my friend.
Could you please advise whether my guess is correct or not in this case?